2013 Scion iQ Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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Urban is small outside, roomy


The Scion iQ is a pint-sized perfect for city dwellers easy maneuverability and admirable economy. Unlike other subcompacts, the iQ seats four (or at three people comfortably).

one would expect cars in segment to be hopelessly cheap-looking, the iQ does a decent job striking a between quality and economy. exterior styling, consistent the Scion brand, helps to off any would-be bullies. But let’s be you’re not going to look driving down the road in a iQ.

But at least it won’t look you’re piloting a rollerskate,

The iQ was all-new for 2012, so changes for are minor. The standard Pioneer system now has six speakers instead of A new BeSpoke premium audio with 5.8-inch LCD display is available.

Powering the Scion iQ is a four-cylinder engine that a modest 94 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of A Continuously Variable Transmission kills some of the fun but, on the helps to achieve an estimated mpg city/highway, which beats the Smart Fortwo and the Fiat 500 the automatic transmission.

Sure, the car is but it doesn’t feel that way Several features enable the iQ to small without forcing to feel like sardines. proportionately wider than cars, allowing not only space, but a greater sense of on the road. In the cabin, that an offset passenger seat with thinner seat to give rear passengers space.

Under the hood, it’s more compact components as the front-mounted differential and air conditioning as well as a high-mount steering with electronic power-steering. a flat gas tank beneath the reduces rear overhang.

The Scion iQ’s closest appear to be the Smart ForTwo and the Fiat 500. Dimensions-wise, the iQ in between the two (20 inches shorter the Fiat, but 14 inches longer the Smart). The iQ could even be an alternative to the Mini Cooper. And the iQ’s base price fair at around $16k to the latter, that’s not a lot of car for the money.

for upgraded audio, suspension and other options can skyrocket the sticker price to nearly So unless you live in a congested and are specifically looking for a diminutive to ease urban parking you might get more bang for buck with slightly vehicles such as the Mazda2, Accent, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio or Fit.

Scion iQ is powered by a 1.3-liter, engine that makes 94 and 89 pound-feet of torque. It’s with a Continuously Variable (CVT) and gets an EPA-estimated mpg City/Highway.

The 2013 Scion iQ comes in one trim level. features include air conditioning, upholstery, power door windows and outside mirrors, a tilt steering wheel audio controls, 50/50 folding rear seats, computer, Bluetooth handsfree system and a six-speaker, Pioneer system with HD radio, MP3/WMA CD player, USB and auxiliary ports. Steel 16-inch are standard with a choice two plastic wheel cover

Options include Blizzard paint ($395), a rear ($285) 16-inch alloy ($749), wheel locks, fog body side moldings, a rear spoiler and paint film. Performance options Toyota Racing Development lowering springs ($399), bar set ($345) and shift knob Interior accessories include mats, cargo mat, net and a seven-color interior light

An upgraded BeSpoke premium system is also available with a 5.8-inch LCD color display and a variety of apps, Pandora live audio Twitter, Yelp and traffic It’s important to note at the time of this writing, is currently only compatible iPhone 4 and 4S, not iPhone 5.

Safety features standard on the Scion iQ include 11 airbags and front-passenger airbags; driver- and seat-mounted side airbags; curtain airbags; driver- and knee airbags; driver- and seat-cushion airbags; and a rear-window antilock brakes (ABS), brake-force distribution, brake traction control, electronic control, and brake-override.


for its size, the iQ’s styling more respect on the road a Smart ForTwo hatchback, but the panache of the retro-inspired Fiat 500 or Cooper. The Scion brand heavily male, so it’s no the iQ’s creators favored lines and geometric angles bubbly cuteness.

To make the iQ less diminutive, Scion took a chance by straying typical vehicle proportions. only 10 feet long, the iQ is wide for a car in its segment.


One of the challenges in creating the smallest is designing a cabin spacious to accommodate taller drivers inducing claustrophobia attacks on But the Scion iQ achieves this relative ease. The cabin surprisingly airy, and Scion us the space between the front is larger than that of Yaris or Corolla models.

The passenger seat is offset a track that sits forward to give the passenger better legroom. Scion ditched a proper glove for a plastic box underneath the passenger that slides in and out, flimsily.

Thinner seatbacks eek out a little legroom, but they’re comfortable that you won’t miss the padding. Rear seats and fold down 50/50 and enough space for a couple of suitcases.

Total cargo is rated at 16.7 cubic with the rear seats

The instrument cluster, like Scions, is simple and attractive, a pleasing and easy-to-read blue scheme. The flat-bottomed steering is substantial and feels good in We liked the wheel-mounted audio but wish there were a button to access to the Bluetooth phone feature.

Climate consist of three large, placed knobs on the center that are easy to see and reach. controls vary depending on system you choose. On base and versions, controls are adequate and are to use once you get the hang of what does.

On systems equipped the optional navigation, buttons are into the touchscreen display.

quality from the Pioneer system is fair, but, Scion customers tend to be big on we expect music aficionados roll with aftermarket anyway. An upgraded BeSpoke audio system is also with a 5.8-inch LCD color display and a variety of apps, Pandora live audio Twitter, Yelp and traffic It’s important to note at the time of this writing, is currently only compatible iPhone 4 and 4S, not iPhone 5.

Driving Impression

We drove a iQ equipped with navigation, the audio system, and TRD suspension The comparatively wider track the iQ feeling stable, even at speeds. Acceleration is steady and with the1.3-liter, four-cylinder and had just enough oomph to it up steep hills laden two svelte adults.

We expect a load would give the car a strenuous workout.

Sharp and a tiny turning circle of 13 feet make for some maneuvers in parking lots and city streets. We nearly our lunch circling a roundabout in our iQ in turned out to be just a few too many

Our biggest complaint about the iQ is the continuously variable transmission While good for fuel and not as gutless as some incarnations, it the iQ of its potential pep. We’d to see a manual option in the U.S. in the iQ could emulate any of the famous handling found in the Mini

Still, the CVT in the iQ is miles ahead of the sequential gearbox found on the ForTwo, which with shift simulates the movement of in uber-slow-motion.

The TRD springs and sway bar on our iQ made the car feel a little sporty and hunkered down to the base model. MacPherson up front and a compact torsion suspension kept the ride smooth and controlled, but it was rough over railroad tracks.

disc brakes in front and in rear stopped the car without any

If you’re looking for a tiny car that won’t get you beat up or at, the Scion iQ is one of the better choices out Still, it’s wise to larger choices for the money as as size doesn’t matter.

Burstein filed this report from San Francisco.


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